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Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has long been known as a party boy. Now, he’s imposing strict Islamic religious rule on the people of Brunei. Reuters/Ahim Rani


The sultan of Brunei has been on the throne for 52 years, making him the second-longest reigning monarch in the world, after Queen Elizabeth II.

This is the first in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

There’s been an escalation of conflict in Libya. Fighting has moved to the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli, and the United Nations has called for a ceasefire. Moina Spooner from The Conversation Africa spoke to Jacob Mundy, author of a recent book on Libya’s ongoing civil conflict, about what’s happening and what can be done to end the clashes.

A woman receiving an oral cholera vaccine in Beira, Mozambique. Celeste Mac-Arthur


People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai. Southern Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling when the cyclone hit: these areas were flooded in the days before Idai made landfall.

I watched a documentary on TV on the effect galamsey was having on the environment. In this documentary, I saw one of the miners holding mercury in his hands. My thoughts drifted to the harmful effects of mercury and lack of knowledge or refusal to acknowledge it by our miners.

These two weeks have proven momentous for Africa’s governance in general but more specifically for democratic transformation. The youth movement forced the capitulation of the perpetually “absent” Algerian president, 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, after 20 years in power.

Nigerian artist D’banj’s 2004 song Mobolowowon had the first cyber fraud theme in hip-hop music. Shutterstock


Singers use artistic conventions to construct marketable music personas. But that’s not the full picture. In the US, for example, most American hip-hop and rap songs are also a reflection of the artistes’ living experiences and social communities. These mainly involve gang violence, street hustling and thug life. The late rapper, Notorious B.I.G., summarised a part this succinctly in his song “Juicy”:

Beninese women attend a “voodoo” festival. Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock


Several studies, covering about 58 countries across the world, found that as women get older they are more able to make decisions independently of men. But scholars have struggled to pin down explanations for this age dividend – why are women given more independence the older they get? We wanted to know what the reasons may be.

On a social media platform, someone posted a message that piqued my curiosity. This is a platform of managers who once worked for a multi-national conglomerate.

There are about 600 Mountain gorillas left in the Virunga Volcanoes


Mountain Gorilla conservation in Rwanda is a great success story. A number of extreme conservation measures – like daily monitoring and protection, veterinary interventions and controlled ecotourism – have enabled the population to bounce back after a precarious low in the 1960s and 1970s that was brought about by habitat destruction and poaching.

A New Zealand-led international study published today provides the strongest evidence yet that women can more than halve their risk of stillbirth by going to sleep on either side during the last three months of pregnancy.

Inside the Sainte-Famille Church which was the scene of killings during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo


Quoting the words of one local missionary, the Time magazine cover of May 1994 reads: